Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag admits he has ‘reservations’ over recalling Amad Diallo from his red-hot Sunderland loan spell | The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED manager Erik ten Hag has admitted that he has "reservations" about recalling Amad Diallo from his loan spell with Sunderland.
Diallo, 20, has scored six goals in 19 appearances for Sunderland so far this season.
His impressive form has also seen him become a fan-favourite at the club.
But while the winger continues to shine at the Stadium of Light, Erik ten Hag is still not convinced that he is ready for a return to Old Trafford.
When asked about the possibility of recalling Diallo during a press conference on Monday, the United boss said: "We consider everything but I have a little bit of reservation about that because I don’t want to stop the process.
"He has made really good progress there so I’m happy with that.
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"But young players need experiences and when we decide for him to come back, he has to be a player who can compete for the starting XI or minimum to come on for a lot of games and make an impact."
Diallo joined Man Utd in a £37million transfer from Atalanta two years ago, but he has made just nine senior appearances.
The young star spent the second half of the 2021-22 season on loan with Rangers, where he scored three goals in 13 games.
And in August 2022 he joined Sunderland on a season-long loan.
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While he struggled to make an impact upon his arrival, he has since become one of the club's top talents.
When speaking about Diallo in November, Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray praised his "amazing talent".
He said: "Knowing his personality, it's good that he's under the Premier League radar – under the Manchester United world support radar.
"But he's still at Sunderland where there are 40,000 at home games demanding that he runs and fights and chases and wins headers, and he has scored a couple of goals in the last three games.
"We can see on the training pitch that he has got amazing talent.
"You can see why Manchester United might have paid an incredible amount of money for him, because the ball sticks to his foot and he's fast and he knows where the net is – he's got a wand of a left foot.
"I think he just has to play football and enjoy football and grow, really. Whether he ever gets to the level [where he plays regularly for Manchester United] … I hope he does."
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